Welcome our new mummy blogger: Sophie Knox

Sophie Knox

12:00AM, Oct 19th 2011 Sophie Knox

When I was invited to be Mother & Baby'smummy blogger, it was like being asked out on a date after a very long dry spell. You see, I'm the mum of two gorgeous girls, both under two, with not much time for socialising. So given the opportunity to hang out with you all — mums who lead similar lives, I'm guessing — I was chuffed to say the least.

Sure, I have friends and family with children too, but let's face it, accommodating sleeps for a five-month-old and a 22-month-old, doing the washing, cooking and cleaning and a bit of catch-up sleep for myself here and there, doesn't leave much time for one-on-one chit-chat.

You may have read my columns inMother & Babymagazine — I joined about six months ago and have loved sharing my story with its readers.

And now as your blogger (or blobber, as my daughter Lexie puts it), I'm here to gee-up a bit of discussion about all the crazy, wonderful, confusing, frustrating, exhilarating issues we face as parents on a daily basis, from toilet training and introducing solids, to reflux concerns, relationship woes and sleep deprivation. You name it, we'll talk about it.

So my first-date etiquette is a little rusty but here we go — my name is Sophie and I share my life with Dan, my partner, Lexie, our nearly two-year-old toddler, and Emma, our five-month-old newbie.

We tried to conceive Lexie for two-and-a-half years before IVF took over and did the job for us. Thinking we could never conceive naturally, let's say we were lax when it came to contraception, and what do you know, along came Emma 17 months later. Life is full of surprises!

Despite the fact that I've been in mummy mode for two years now, I still feel like I'm on a super-steep learning curve. One minute I'm the editor of a food magazine, enjoying a busy life travelling, eating out, seeing friends (most of whom already had kids and to say I was jealous would be an understatement); the next I'm at home changing nappies 24/7.

Don't get me wrong, I'm mega happy to be a mum, but unlike the uncomplicated desire I felt to have a baby, I'm constantly surprised by the gamut of emotions that run through my emotional hard drive now that I've arrived at motherhood.

For example, I yearn to experience the stimulation of being at work but I also wouldn't miss these precious years with my daughters for the world. And despite totally embracing the unkempt look of a busy mum (my current beauty friends are under-eye concealer and talcum powder sprinkled through my hair to extend the wash a few days), I still fantasise about wearing lovely clothes, blow-drying my locks and exfoliating my skin. So am I alone? Is motherhood what you'd expect it to be? How do you feel about being a mum — or dad (let's include everyone)? I'd love to hear your stories. Until next time…

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